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Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig
Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South from the man whom she loves and the family who first hires Ruth as Mammy, to the O'Hara and Butler families and, of course, Scarlett O'Hara whom Mammy raises from birth. 

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